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2008 Ford Explorer vs. 2012 Mazda 2

To start off, 2012 Mazda 2 is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2008 Ford Explorer. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Ford Explorer would be higher. At 4,013 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Ford Explorer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Ford Explorer (210 HP @ 5100 RPM) has 110 more horse power than 2012 Mazda 2. (100 HP @ 6000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Ford Explorer should accelerate faster than 2012 Mazda 2. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Ford Explorer weights approximately 1031 kg more than 2012 Mazda 2. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2008 Ford Explorer is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2008 Ford Explorer. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2012 Mazda 2, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2008 Ford Explorer (344 Nm @ 3700 RPM) has 211 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Mazda 2. (133 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2008 Ford Explorer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Mazda 2. 2008 Ford Explorer has automatic transmission and 2012 Mazda 2 has manual transmission. 2012 Mazda 2 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2008 Ford Explorer will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Ford Explorer 2012 Mazda 2
Make Ford Mazda
Model Explorer 2
Year Released 2008 2012
Body Type SUV Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 4013 cc 1500 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 210 HP 100 HP
Engine RPM 5100 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 344 Nm 133 Nm
Torque RPM 3700 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 2077 kg 1046 kg
Vehicle Length 5350 mm 3920 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1695 mm
Vehicle Height 1850 mm 1475 mm
Wheelbase Size 3320 mm 2489 mm
Fuel Consumption Highway 11.8 L/100km 6.7 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 16.8 L/100km 8.1 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 85 L 43 L


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